This program focuses on both advanced graduate students and early career faculty (both will be referred to as early career – EC). The aim of the Professional Development Service is to provide EC individuals with career-related assistance to improve their performance early in their academic careers. In addition, it is hoped that mentors will benefit from developing their mentoring skills or learning about a new topic from engagement with their mentee.
The program is built around the needs and interests of the EC individual, who will specify her or his goals and interests in the application. Mentors will be matched based upon these interests. The program is international, although most participants are in the continental United States, and it is unlikely mentors and mentees will be geographically close to one another. Therefore, communication will likely take place through phone, internet (Skype), and email.
As the program develops webinars and other resources may be available, in addition to special meetings at annual conventions held by the American Psychological Association or the Association of Psychological Science.
Contact Dr. Lunsford, Director for Professional Development Programs, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.